Jo Baker's Longbourn retells the events of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of the servants. Baker tells NPR Books editor Petra Mayer that the predicament of the Bennet sisters is well-known, so she wanted to explore the situation of the servant girls with no father, home or dowry.
In November 1963, John F. Kennedy was slain by a sniper's bullet. Nearly five decades later, Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis have written Dallas 1963, a portrait of the city as it was in those years: a roiling stew of super-patriotism and Communist paranoia — and, above all, distrust of JFK.
Samuel Scheffler, a philosophy professor at New York University, presents a secular interpretation of life after death. In his book Death and the Afterlife, Scheffler argues that our belief that humanity will outlive us — our faith in the existence of future generations — gives meaning to our lives.
Shopping for wild-caught fish can be ethically fraught for sustainability-minded consumers, because some fishing methods can result in large amounts of bycatch: the dolphins, seals and other marine life that can get snared and killed in the process. Here's a look at a few seafood items to approach cautiously the next time you're at the fish counter.
Nick Mamatas' new Love Is the Law is a mashup of black magic, paranoia, politics and teenage alienation. It's the story of punk-rock girl Dawn, who untangles a web of mysteries while investigating the murder of her mentor. Reviewer Jason Heller calls it a "shambolic free-for-all of esoterica" that "rings profanely and profoundly."
An estimated 278 people in multiple states have been sickened by an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken. Despite stories suggesting otherwise, USDA says its work on the outbreak hasn't been hampered by the federal government shutdown. CDC is calling back about 30 furloughed staffers to help with its response.
Los Angeles chef Roy Choi helped launch the food truck movement. Now he wants to blend high and low cuisine to combat food deserts. He's challenging the tyranny of junk food in the inner cities, and is pushing other chefs to think about how they can contribute to food justice in their communities.
Ann Leckie's debut novel Ancillary Justice is the tale of former starship AI Breq. Now an autonomous human, Breq is out to kill the devious dictator who rules her corner of the galaxy. Reviewer Genevieve Valentine says Ancillary Justice is "a space opera that skillfully handles both choruses and arias."
In softcover fiction, Will Self spelunks the depths of consciousness in a mental hospital; Amity Gaige divulges an East German immigrant's secrets; Cristina Garcia defines the space that separates a dictator from an exile; and Ayana Mathis follows the life of a mother during the Great Migration.
In softcover fiction, Will Self spelunks the depths of consciousness in a mental hospital, Amity Gaige divulges an East German immigrant's secrets, Cristina Garcia defines the space that separates a dictator from an exile and Ayana Mathis follows the life of a mother during the Great Migration.